* Posts by Jason Hindle

547 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

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Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far

Jason Hindle

Mine's the one with Chinese knock off written on it

Actually damned good for the money, at least for something to muck about with*. Reminds me of that car from Good Omens (the Wasab?).

* Core M Surface 4 look-a-like, newer processor, 8GB/256GB, half the price/twice the weight.

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

Jason Hindle

Re: GUIs exist for two purposes

1. Run up IDE of choice.

2. Run up multiple terminal windows.

Cross out 1 if your IDE is Vi.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

Jason Hindle

A win, win win, win election?

- May wins by a landslide and the country is no longer hostage to the Tory lunatic fringe: Win.

- While Corbyn is tested in the crucible of reality and found wanting: Win.

- Alternatively, a resurgent Liberal party blunts May (or even denies her an outright majority): Win.

- Alternatively, Labour extricates itself from its current, painful Yoga* position and actually achieves something: Win.

* Translated from the original Hindi, the technique translates, roughly, as the La La La I'm Not Listening posture, and involves the expert practitioner bending over backwards and inserting their head into their own bottom. The current Labour leadership are all experts at getting themselves into this position.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

Jason Hindle

MOABs....

"Throw some MOAB's on their effin HQs, problem solved"

I think just the one will be pretty emphatic :-/.

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WileyFox disentangles itself from Cyanogen

Jason Hindle

I hope they update the Storm

Had to do no end of hacking (engineering menus) just to get it to connect to a couple of data networks, in Africa, last year. These were situations where the Nexus and iPhone just worked. Reading around the issue, it looks Cyanogen related.

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WD unveils grown-up USB stick in My Passport slab form

Jason Hindle

Great place to stick various VMs

And the odd Lightroom catalogue.

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

Jason Hindle

Is it too much to ask?

Just make a bloody PC that happens to run OSX (or whatever they're calling it this week). The current Mac Pro was actually reasonable(ish) value when it arrived, but given the direction Apple is going, I do wonder what the point is unless you're heavily dependent on Apple only applications.

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60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

Jason Hindle

Stunning

Especially the second video embedded into the article. I watched Rogue One over Christmas, and thought the Death Star was the real star of the film. Somehow made more real, and menacing than in the original film. That second video more impressive than Disney's special effects!

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

Jason Hindle

Sounds perfectly normal

As long as the guidance doesn't stretch to personal accounts (which should always come with the caveat "my views are my own").

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Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard

Jason Hindle

Looks like the naval equivalent of a technical

One of those four by fours I see around Africa, from time to time, usually with a large gun mounted.

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I can DB clearly now the clouds are gone: Oracle 12c on-premises for Linux, SPARC

Jason Hindle

Re: Commenting just for the headline...

I'm sure the headline writer could make more money working for the Sun....

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

Jason Hindle

Yes, the Windows 10 updates are pretty awful

And it's even worse if you've not had the damned thing switched on for a while. I recently got back from a 12 week business trip, where there wasn't room in the hand luggage for the Surface. It took two days to get the damned thing right. It wouldn't even connect to my home WiFi, initially (fixed by manually configuring the IP settings). The Mac, OTOH (and I hate to write this*) just worked.

* Because everyone who owns a Mac knows they have problems of their own.

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

Jason Hindle

As the T-Shirt Says

It's not a cloud! It's someone else's computer*.

* And it can break.

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Jason Hindle

Re: But....

"Isn't the selling point of all this cloudy stuff that it does not go down???????"

Not without multiple levels of geographic redundancy. It's hugely expensive for an event that might only happen once every few years. Those dumb pipes known as the carriers have it in spades*. The likes of Amazon and Google, no so much. I like carriers (from a technical perspective).

* Even for voice mail, and no one uses that.

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Post-Brexit five-year UK work visas planned – report

Jason Hindle

Re: Meanwhile...

Likewise, I don't buy the the idea that the country will fall apart without cheap Labour. As I see it, we have more than one type of Brexiter. Now this isn't exhaustive, but we do have:

- Tbe money: Will continue to benefit from all the cheap labour it wants.

- The poor and left behind: The newly minted cheap labour.

Then we have Reg readers who might not have voted leave, but will probably get bit richer from the IT fallout. This could be bigger than Y2K.

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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

Jason Hindle

Britain lost the core competency

To make its own submarines*, and it mostly boils down to the governments of Blair and then Brown**.

* And aircraft carriers, nuclear reactors and actual aircraft. Compared to the French, it all looks a tad pathetic.

** And I wrote that at someone who never voted for/kissed a sodding Tory BTW.

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Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin

Jason Hindle

Haven't tried the Austin Tap water

But the water in Dallas is pretty dire (something to do with algae in the lakes). Safe to cook with, but I wouldn't even use it for tea or coffee.

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Conviction by computer is go, confirms UK Ministry of Justice

Jason Hindle

Re: Train fare evasion

"So what happens if you lose your ticket? Off to the court you go, you horrible criminal ticket-loser?"

My rough understanding.... The fine comes with a threat of criminal proceedings. Pay up, and it is treated as a private matter; you don't have to plead guilty to anything. Manchester Metrolink even offers a discount for swift payment of fine. I agree, it can be unreasonable, and the otherwise friendly inspectors operate on the principle that mercy is for the weak, but at least there's a clear enough line.

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Android Wear: The bloatware that turned into gloatware

Jason Hindle

Well I like my Motorola 360

And I'm sad to see Android Wear hasn't been some sort of success. I guess it will have to join MSX computers and Olympus DSLRs* among many other failed things I've bet on over the years.

* Just the DSLRs though - since they started with the whole mirrorless thing, they seem quite a safe bet these days.

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Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

Jason Hindle

I'm a victim of the price hike....

It's not too much, but I'm a little disappointed. I like Lightroom, so could conceivably move to a perpetual licence (assuming Adobe still offer this). I like Photoshop, but rarely do much with it. I could, I suppose, move to something else*. OTOH, it's just a couple of extra quid each month.... I'll continue to ponder.

* Polite warning to any El Reg nerd who recommends GIMP: I have a very particular set of skills....

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US and Russia engaged in legal tug of war over LinkedIn hack suspect

Jason Hindle

The Russian Stance is Understandable

The FSB will be wanting their asset back.

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

Jason Hindle

So is the customer being put on the correct price plan?

BT's ADSL2 product is cheaper than Infinity 2. I'm not normally litigious, but this might be a good enough reason to get all lawyerd up.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Jason Hindle

I normally try to be nice to the vegans

But even by vegan standards, I think the issue is more than a little overblown. The Unicorn vegan collective, in my neck of the woods, has even had to clarify that they absolutely will take the new five pound note. The really odd thing? They also have vegans in Australia, where they make all their notes the same way! Not so much of a fuss kicked up down under!

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Have some sympathy for the AT&T devil

Jason Hindle

A lot depends on how much of a game changer 5G might be

But in the long term perhaps some sort of paying for how you watch OTT services might come into play. This could be driven either by the OTT services themselves, or by the network. From the network end, I've seen this on visits to Africa already. Consider Zimbabwe:

- I can buy a prepaid SIM card on arrival at Harare Airport, load this with some money, and buy a data package (typically USD 30 for 1Gb for one month - data is generally expensive in Africa).

- This is all well and good, but what cash strapped locals do is buy a smaller allowance, and then buy packages of unlimited services they want (typically unlimited WhatsApp, which is big in Africal, but also Facebook, Twitter).

In the longer term, I can see this trend happening with OTT services. Of course, if 5G radio brings us sufficiently close to wired, we might also see networks deciding they don't have to invest in a lot of expensive equipment for data metering, content billing and so on. I think the latter possibility is rather unlikely.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

Jason Hindle

I'm starting to think that...

A lot of physicists, who never got invited to those sorts of parties, read El Reg.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

Jason Hindle

Happy I upgraded a generation early

The latest MacBook pro didn't leave me at all disappointed with the decision. That said, my 2011 MacBook Air still runs fine, so the inability to upgrade the hardware has only been a minor problem for me. Come to think of it, the only reason I upgraded at all is really the retina display, for editing photos on the move, and extra memory (and oomph) when running more than one VM.

I honestly don't see any good choices when buying a new laptop at the moment. Windows 10 is still not, IMHO, a finished product. Apple has definitely lost its shine. Linux*, meanwhile, is not good for photo editing**.

* Did consider a workstation class laptop, running some flavour of Linux, for portable geekery.

** No, I'm not learning the atrocious bloody GIMP!

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LinkedIn officially KickedOut of Russia

Jason Hindle

It's a sad day...

Presumably some of Russia's best engineering talent is on Linkedin?

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Google's neural network learns to translate languages it hasn't been trained on

Jason Hindle

So when it becomes self aware

It seems unlikely it will lead to Judgement Day, but it may well develop the personality of a snooty Parisian waiter who responds to all your attempts, at speaking French, in English.

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New UK National silicone database will help avoid boobs

Jason Hindle

So will this database be managed by BAAPS?

(British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

Jason Hindle

Upgraded my MacBook Pro a generation early

To hedge against price rises. To be fair to the price rises, they've not happened as quickly as I thought they would, which, worryingly, is probably a good indication I have the economic literacy of an average Brexitard....

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Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

Jason Hindle

It's showing little sign of recovery

Had the issue been purely algorithmic, I think the pound would be back up a little by now. Perhaps the algorithms were pretty well aligned with market sentiment?

Love the headlines on the strength of the FTSE, which the Brexiteers prefer to focus on (valued, of course, in a currency that is worth less than yesterday)...

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Fujitsu in talks to bail from PC market, Lenovo one of the suitors

Jason Hindle

Fu Who?

Now there's a name I've not heard in years. In fact, I can't remember the last time I saw a Fujitsu PC. That they're still in the market at all comes as a surprise....

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Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

Jason Hindle

Sentiment vs reality?

On the whole, more code = more bugs, so perhaps the overall feeling is justified. I think OSX peaked, in terms of reliability, at Snow Leopard. Upgrading from that, to Lion, on my first (white) MacBook proved to be a big mistake. I find El Capitan mostly fine, but don't like the overall look of the thing (the UI tweaks do IMHO suck).

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

Jason Hindle

I thought where the crime was felt mattered

With any law? Not just computer misuse? Send a threatening snail mail to someone in the US, threatening to break their legs, and I expect a request for extradition would probably offend.

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

Jason Hindle

Why does something we've done before have to be so challenging?

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

Jason Hindle

Well at least we're back in control, and have freedom from opaque laws

Apparently, we had neither of those, and Europe was to blame. And we have the Conservatives. They're the sensible party of stability. Looking at the NHS, for example, we know we can trust the Conservatives and their solid, sensible approach to management. We can trust the Conservatives. They're the sensible party that doesn't piss money on vanity projects. Everything's good. Finally, the good people of Britian found someone to blame. The future is bright.

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Sky fibre down at breakfast-time across the nation

Jason Hindle

Sounds local..

<square_eyes>I had a mad catch-up night, on Amazon Prime Video, last night,</square_eyes> so BT certainly seemed ok in little bit of Little Britain.

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Jason Hindle

If you work from home....

Always have a backup handy!

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Buzz Aldrin's Apollo XI expenses claim revealed

Jason Hindle

Re: The importance of paperwork

"Looking through the comments in response you find a Flat Earther."

I prefer to call them the fifty two percenters....

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

Jason Hindle

Apple's biggest plus is also its problem

The basic longevity of the kit it sells is becoming a problem for Apple. My five year old, 13" MacBook Air works absolutely fine. In fact, since Mavericks, it wakes up from sleep faster than it did the day I bought it. I've never had to format and start from scratch. I can't say that about any PC I've owned. My first iPad was the iPad 2. My second? The iPad Air 2. There was simply no need to upgrade in-between.

That said, Apple has made some crazy decisions. They murdered Aperture (and that hurt). Worse still, they replaced with with photos (hello Adobe :-( and your lovely subscription model). They butchered the OSX UI in El Capitan (no, it doesn't need to be all flat). Come to think of it, OSX has never been quite the same since Snow Leopard. There's the pro level laptop that can't be upgraded. They tried really quite hard to make an enemy of every professional user of Final Cut Pro (some of whom have loud voices). How long did it take them to admit a bigger iPhone might be a good idea? And Apple Music did't exactly "just work" from launch (especially if you were trying to get it to work like multiple accounts, on the family plan - I gave up).

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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

Jason Hindle

For contractors, it's a big world

Plenty of opportunities outside of the U.K., and a long way from HMRC.

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Google tests its own quantum computer – both qubits of it

Jason Hindle

Re: Quantum Software?

Neither.

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Jason Hindle

I guess Quantum Programming for Dummies is some years away?

I'm guessing it's the new formal methods (anyone remember the joys of Z)? Everyone will do a bit, as part of their comp-sci or physics degree, but few will ever play with it as part of the job. It will be interesting to see who ends up doing this kind of work. I assume a physics background is more likely (at least until tools are created to dumb it all down).

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GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

Jason Hindle

Uber seems an odd test case

My understanding: Uber drivers really can clock on and off as the please. On the other hand, outfits like Hermes want to provide Uber's T&Cs while still treating their "partners" like employees. Since common law tends to call a spade a spade, I think there are better test cases.

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Coup-Tube: Turkey blocks social networks amid military takeover

Jason Hindle

Re: ...why Turkey should join the EU?

"Well there's a space going free now."

But only 1GB. 1GB is chickenshit these days.

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

Jason Hindle

Re: !Wings of 12

"With that few aircraft I'd have called it a flight, myself – two or more flights to a sqn, two or more sqns to a wg, etc etc - but in these straightened times the entire RAF would only just comprise a WW2 group, in terms of aircraft numbers."

That's an implication I'd missed... So they spent Brazilians on these massive ships but the air group isn't going to be a great deal bigger than the carriers they replace?

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Gartner: Brexit to wipe $4.6bn off tech spending in Blighty

Jason Hindle

Re: Whew!

"What would that be? We've reclaimed our sovereignty today. What did you do before breakfast?"

Hmmm.... So the other side thought "sovereignty" is more important than the economy? Never mind; the experts will be along soon enough.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

Jason Hindle

Re: wait....... what?

"except Florida where we have 100% stupid."

Spelling really should be aligned with pronunciation - Flo-rih-DUH.

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